I sold a Mottey w/ a 5/16-14 piloted ivory joint to a friend of mine several months ago and last night at league he had difficulty screwing the shaft onto the butt. The shaft would thread on, then right when the brass insert of the shaft reaches the ivory, it becomes difficult to turn. The shaft will fully thread on but you have to apply additonal force not normally required. Should my friend be concerned? Is there a way to correct this?
Thanks in advance for your replies-
Hello Mike, I would be very careful using the cue until it has been repaired. Because if you force the Brass insert into the Ivory joint you may crack it.
There are two things I would do, first of all, I would take the butt to a proficient cue maker or repairman and have the pilot hole slightly trimmed. Next I would try and determine, what caused the problem in the first place.
To this I would check the following:
1) How is the cue being stored? What type of case is used and where is the cue stored when not in use. Many people have very bad habits when it comes to storing their cues. Some people leave them in their car, non-temperature controlled garage, or even in closets with water heaters and such. Any cue should be kept in temperature controlled environment, but when you add Ivory, Metal ring work, or other materials that expand and contract at vastly different rates this is especially true.
2) If none of the above are true, then I would contact Paul Mottey, and he should take care of the problem for free.
Hope this helps, and have a great day!!!!!!!